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Battered Bruins hoping Boychuk returns tonight

Dec 10, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

Johnny Boychuk AP

The Boston Bruins have been hit hard by injuries, but they got some encouraging news yesterday.

Mere days after Johnny Boychuk‘s scary fall, he was able to participate in a Bruins’ practice.

“It was all right; it didn’t feel awesome,” Boychuk told the Boston Herald. “I haven’t skated in five days or so. But at least I got back on the ice and moved around a little. It’s still pretty stiff. It’s been loosening up every day. We’ll see how it feels (Tuesday).”

The Bruins are currently without defensemen Adam McQuaid and Dougie Hamilton, which means that if Boychuk isn’t available, then Boston will have to call someone up before tonight’s match against the Calgary Flames.

Bruins coach Claude Julien suggested that they haven’t done that yet because they’re still hoping it won’t be necessary.

Meanwhile, Boston is also missing forwards Chris Kelly (ankle), Loui Eriksson (concussion), and Shawn Thornton (suspended pending hearing).


Hamilton will be out 2-4 weeks with his lower-body injury, the club reported today. Also, Dan Paille has an upper-body issue that’ll keep him out of the Calgary contest.

  1. runhigh24 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    I don’t know. It might be dangerous for him to play since the Bruins are without the services of their enforcer to protect him and “police” the game.

    • joey4id - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      LOL! Too bad you got 11 thumbs down and more to come no doubt. That was funny. Thanks. :-)

    • dropthepuckeh - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      I think Boychuk can handle himself quiet nicely but nice try…

  2. penvik - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Yep, be careful and remember that perfectly clean hits will be punished by MMA style sucker shots.
    Rule 101c. Any player who hits a Boston Bruin WILL be required to fight, failure to comply will result in cheap shot followed by concussion. Go NHL!!

    • drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      James Neal.

      Four-time offender.


      • hockey412 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        You mentioned four time offender before – but I think it’s three?

        I’m curious as to how many injury days Neal’s hits have caused (all of them combined), the ones he was suspended for, will compare to Thorntons. Not that it matters to me much, you have to punish these horrible acts as opposed to throwing out ridiculous excuses such as ‘he hit me first’, i’m just curious.

      • drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        I’m not a doctor. But they say every concussion is different. I don’t know if we can quantify injury days caused–even Marc Savard had a concussion history before Cooke.

        Punish the obvious attempts to injure with 50 games or more without pay, regardless of who’s doing them. There’s too many Pens fans who think what Thornton did is so much worse than what Neal does. The homerism has to stop with this issue.

      • hockey412 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        What Thornton does though is play 3 minutes a night and target the other teams best players (in some circumstances) for fights. I can’t agree with that, though I will say if the Pens had one of those d-bags on their roster they could have at least let meathead Thornton blow off his steam that way and maybe get another concussion and remove him from the game entirely for another period of time.

        I do agree, Neal needs to clean it up. Didn’t see the first suspension at Dallas. The second, I’ll give you – it was out of frustration and those are the worst hits (out of frustration). This one was horrible. Not a likeable player unless you don’t care for Philly or Boston.

      • drone501 - Dec 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        yeah, four time offender and we love the guy.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Only a Pens fan would call what the Pens does on a regular basis “clean”.

      • drewsylvania - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM


  3. terrier92 - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    If you watched game you will note that Bruins did not go after any Canadian after hit. Pitt fans lets not get facts in way of your moronic view of the world. Stick to commenting on football your hockey comments are uninformed

    • joey4id - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Look! I agree that the Pens fans, like any other team fan has a bias view of things. B fans are no different my friend. Step away from the B colored glasses and you’ll see what I mean. But! I understand that could be difficult to do when you let emotions get in the way of reasoning. i.e. Neal & Thornton know much about that.

    • pats2001 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      great point all around terrier92. and when did the pittsburgh fans become so soft? thought they were supposed to be the big bad steelers and pens? would have loved to see what their reactions would have been if there were message boards back in the 70s when jack lambert was delivering cheap shots on a weekly basis. also interesting that they can quickly turn the page when its one of their own getting hurt and at the same time conveniently forget about guys like cooke and samuellson. most Bruins fans with half a brain will acknowledge that thornton was in the wrong. but orpik wasnt some innocent bystander. that doesnt mean he deserved to get sucker punched in the head when he was down on the ice. but i think its hilariuos that pens fans think the hit on erricson was clean just b/c it wasnt called for a penalty. orpik had that lined up for about 15 feet. for someone that plays such a physical game, he should consider dropping the gloves a lot more. he’s strong enough to handle himself, even tie guys up if necessary. pens fans shouldnt play the innocent victim card on this one.

    • hockey412 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      You going to send Chara BACK after Pacioretty? Max didn’t even DO anything, it wasn’t that it wasn’t a legal hit, he just leaned into him. Everyone agrees it was a non-hit, non-issue.

    • hockey412 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Also – and more to the point, the topic has come up that what really set off Thornton, the media, the fans, etc., was that no one responded to this injury. It’s sick, twisted, and very Boston, but yes, it’s been discussed over and over. So Thornton, getting slammed for not responding to this non-issue, just HAD to get Brooks engaged. Couldn’t take no for an answer! His job, as a good-for-nothing goon, was in question.

  4. penvik - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Good story terrier92, good story……
    First off the canadiens didn’t lay any big checks!! FACT
    Second Thornton wasn’t playing…FACT
    Third and most important, the Bruins will act like angels for a while because all eyes are on them…..FACT

    The deed is done, it happened on Saturday. Thornton made a major mistake, Orpik did nothing wrong, the fact that people are defending Thornton makes bruins fans look very bad. Very very bad

  5. rushledger - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    The bruins organization is filled with hypocrites. Their gm claims they’re not dirty then Marchand goes and clips the hell out of Salo. Marchand may not be Subban in terms of amount of slew foots but he’s done plenty wrong including slew footing Niskanen and almost always getting his stick way too high on player scrums. Lets not forget Lucic getting away with the Miller hit.

    • joey4id - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Ok! So the GM should go on record to say his team is dirty and in the process throw every player under the bus. Brilliant approach!

    • shaundre93 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Every comment like this is from a hypocrite because every team has players like marchand and every team has an incident like miller/lucic. Lest we forget miller was out to the top of the circles and led with his shoulder while lucic did nothing but put his arms up in defense. Funny too that lucic was clearly ready to fight to atone for his sins but the 6’8″ Tyler Myers wasn’t man enough to step up

    • runhigh24 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      Also, don’t forget that it was Lucic freight training Miller that inspired Buffalo to seek out the services of John Scott who then nearly decapitated poor Loui Erickson. Shawn Thornton was right when he spoke about karma and what goes around eventually comes around.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Excellent post runhigh24, excellent. First the excuses for Thornton’s inexcusable act of cowardice and now trying to explain away Lucic’s cheapshot on Miller because “every team has an incident like….” Such BS.

        Miller wasn’t near the top of the circles and he is a defenseless and virtually imobile goalie, but all Lucic did was “put his arms up in defense”. Such BS.

        BS, Boston Soft, can’t take a good clean hit.

    • Moop - Dec 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      What team do you support? Anyone can easily compile a list of dirty incidents that any NHL team has been involved in over the past three seasons. Randomly inserting actions that happened more than a season ago doesn’t make for a strong argument.

  6. joey4id - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    I hope Boychuck will be back to 100% soon. Certainly the Bs need him because they are hurting on D. No matter how you slice it they are going through a rough patch right now, and a healthy Bs team is better for the game and entertainment value. Go Bs.

  7. montrealbbr - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    The bruins and their fans all like to cheer when their players lay someone out but cry to no end whenever someone hurts one of their guys! Marchand is a known diver too and if he wasnt trying to draw a penalty the other night he wouldnt have been brushed by Neal as he skated by him.
    It would be nice to have a day go by where the bruins fans arent crying about something that happened to them. Years have gone past and they are still crying about Savard getting hit.

    • drewzducks - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      I can’t question your critique of Marchand’s diving as you no doubt an expert in judging the perfect dive. The same goes for your analysis of Marchand’s head being “brushed” by Neal, much like you saw when Chara brushed Maxi Pad into the stanchion or McLaren’s arm was head butted by Zednik. As far as your classless Bruins fans comment is concerned, this is all you need to know about the class of Candiens

  8. shaundre93 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Wow glad everyone is just getting together to bash the Bruins when we should be concerned about the fact that a player is returning after a scary injury. Lets not forget this was a back injury and boychuck was having difficulty breathing and moving. But no, lets bring more of this nonsense to a page that has nothing to do with it. And bruins fans are “classless”…

  9. sjsharks66 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    To the guy saying Thornton was not playing against the Habs, he fought Prust that game….

    • weenerman - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Since when did Bruins fans let the truth get in the way of a good story?

      • supercoop8 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        It was a Pens fan that said it

      • drewzducks - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Weenerless Dumbass

  10. muckleflugga - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    i see those penguin supporters definable as swivel chair hockey heroes are still trying to convince themselves orpik’s battering of eriksson was a clean hockey hit…

    one can typically delineate watchers from players in these boards; not that one view is more valid than another in context of these boards, but in-game experience in competitive contact hockey would likely change opinions on what is and isn’t clean

    still, if the pedants repeat the claim orpik’s hit was clean often enough, several more people may actually come onside…

    as huck finn said…

    “it warn’t no use wasting words–you can’t learn a penguin to argue. so I quit.”

  11. dropthepuckeh - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Funny to see Habs and Penguins fan join together in bashing the Bruins. The two franchises that teach and encourage their players to dive and embellish and then cry foul when they actually get hurt due to their cheap shots. The rest of the NHL doesn’t play this brand of hockey, why do they?

  12. steelers88 - Dec 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    I’m a Pens fan and I think that Neal’s knee to the head is as bad as Thorton slew footing Orpik and then punching him when his down. Both incidents are equally as bad. The only thing I don’t get is if Thorton got so pissed when Neal kneed Marchand in the head why didn’t he go after Neal instead of Orpik.

    • drewzducks - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      good point Steeler…I don’t think Thornton even saw the Marchand/Neal incident. It happened near the blue line in front of the Bs bench and at that time Thornton was near center ice, heading towards the Pens zone and focusing his derangement towards Orpik.

  13. steelers88 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I think the NHL needs to revaluate. The lack of respect not only in this game but in every game has been appalling. Hockey is a tough sport. I know your going to get hurt and have a lot of bumps and bruises during the course of the year. You need to have insurance as a hockey player that your opponent Is going to respect you and not take an unessesary cheap shot on you when your in a vulnerable position and visa versa. The thing that’s sad about this is young kids playing hockey look up to these guys they think of these hockey players as idols and heroes and when they see their idols doing things like this they think it’s all right to perform these acts and they will.

  14. steelers88 - Dec 10, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I think that the NHL should ban open ice hitting.

    • kfraser91 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      hahaa right…i think you need to stick to football

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